Cruising Jewel a gem for local businesses

Cruising Jewel a gem for local businesses

Sunshine Coast businesses enjoyed a welcome winter bonus yesterday as P&O cruise ship the Pacific Jewel dropped anchor off Mooloolaba.

More than 1800 guests aboard the ship were ferried to shore and spent the day sampling retail shops, cafes, restaurants and tourist attractions right across the region.

Mooloolaba Jet Boat Owner Gerry Van Driel-Vis said bookings were busy as a result of the visit.

“We had an absolutely awesome response from passengers aboard the Pacific Jewel, with two fully booked boats and a third run for the day which is as many as we do,” Mr Van Driel-Vis said.

“We’re always popular with passengers aboard the Pacific Jewel and our guests had another great time with us yesterday.

“The Sunshine Coast isn’t normally known as an ‘adrenaline’ destination so having guests come to us from outside the region and interstate to experience Mooloolaba Jet Boat is really helping us to boost the market for this sort of thing which is terrific.”

SEA LIFE Mooloolaba’s General Manager Quinn Clarke said each cruise ship arrival created significant waves of additional business.

“We have had many pre-bookings during previous cruise ship stopovers and on Monday we were once again extremely popular with passengers who came ashore from the Pacific Jewel,” Mr Clarke said.

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